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The Memorial Day observance was presented again this year by the City of Alhambra in conjunction with American Legion Post 139. Of the hundreds of people who gathered at the Veteran’s Memorial on this Memorial Day, it seemed that at least half of them were veterans or still on active duty, each with his or her own reasons to remember fallen friends. The ceremony was short, respectful, and sacred.
Police Chief Timothy Vu was the emcee, welcoming the guests and recognizing the dignitaries including Mayor Stephen Sham, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Maloney, and Councilmembers Barbara Messina and David Mejia as well as former mayor Gary Yamauchi and American Legion Post 139 Commander Gilbert Cardoza.
The Posting of the Colors was conducted by the Alhambra Police Department’s Color Guard. Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 201 led the flag salute. The Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Marching Band played the National Anthem. This was followed by short speeches on the importance of the day and to the heroes it honors by Mayor Sham and Post Commander Cardoza. The opening and closing invocations were offered by Post Chaplain Rick Estrada.
At the end of the official ceremony, the veterans and active service members were asked to come forward for a group picture. It was the most poignant moment of the event to see how many people with Alhambra connections have served in the Nation’s armed services.
Guests were then invited to enjoy refreshments on site, and Commander Cardoza offered everyone the opportunity to join him at the Post headquarters at 24 N. Stoneman Ave. for lunch.